Don’t forget the birds and bees in hot weather
WANGARATTA resident Carmel Barnett is encouraging people to fill up their birdbaths this summer to keep the birds and the bees cool and content.
The 77 year old and her husband Robert sit at a large window facing their front lawn to watch the birds splash about in their birdbath and visit their feeder.
“We have a large bird bath on the front lawn and we sit at our big window and watch the foot traffic and the birds and pick the species from our big Australian bird book,” Carmel said.
“A lot of people don’t realise but bees also need water to cool their hives so we make sure our birdbath is full to help maintain the numbers and keep them happy.
“Any garden is a big help to these animals, lots of shade, bushes that attracts honey birds and bees, and water goes a long way.
“We also urge everyone to put bells on your cats if they roam around outside.”
Carmel and Robert don’t call themselves bird enthusiasts; they have just recently found pleasure in watching birds enjoy their birdbath and so far have seen a “really surprising variety of birds”.
“It’s just fun to watch the birds bring their babies, who are in no rush to get out, and have them come to us without us having to go anywhere,” Carmel said.
This week’s weather will definitely call for birdbaths to be full with temperatures going up to a maximum of 41 on Thursday and above 30 all through the week.
HAPPY BIRDS: Carmel Barnett with her birdbath which she fills for the many birds and bees that visit her garden.